On 24 April, whilst staying at the Blue Lime hotel, Phnom Penh, we had a short - circa 50 minutes long, but very intense, electrical/thunderstorm. This storm, as usual, turned many of the streets in Phnom Penh in to instant rivers for several hours.
However, this same storm very clearly demonstrated the dangers and power of electro-magnetic pulses/power surges in that it "knocked out" the four computers in the reception area of the Blue Lime that were switched on at that time and destroyed six flat screen TVs in use in various rooms.
I am glad to say that the PC's have all been repaired and are now back in use again for house guests. Indeed, I am writing this on one of them.
But if you have sensitive or valuable electronic equipment please be sure to switch of this equipment and unplug from the power point during strong electrical storms if you wish to avoid damage or destruction of these devices.
Khmers, quite sensibly, will not even use their mobile/cell phones during thunder storms.
All best regards. Ian
Camp Phnom Penh @ Blue Lime for the next few days.